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Alibi 54

US $750,000






54 ft

Hull Material


Engine/Fuel Type




About this Boat

DIFFERENCE is an Alibi 54, semi-custom, hi-performance cruising catamaran. One from a fleet of nine built, designed and built by a French catamaran designer in Thailand. She is a cutting edge catamaran for the sailor seeking a yacht with the beauty and performance of a fine sports car, but which still has the room and appointments for a family cruise.  At just under 12 tons dead weight, with dual, asymmetric push-button operated dagger-boards, all carbon fiber rotating rig and square top mainsail, and all of the creature comforts, she can easily exceed wind-speed, yet her handling is sure, predictable and smooth in all weather – and she has been all-weather tested including transiting a fierce November North Atlantic gale 400 miles off Bermuda on her way to the Caribbean. She was designed and built by a racer, but for performance cruising minded clientele.  A fine balance of performance, safety, luxury and modern aesthetics.  

Difference was commissioned and has been owned since new by her meticulous owner who has invested approximately double the original cost in maintaining, upgrading and perfecting her. She has never been chartered, has always had a professional captain, sailed the Caribbean, Bahamas, US east coast and is currently in Grenada. Last year, Volvo installed two brand new Volvo 40 HP engines on her due to a recall, and her owner decided to take her to Martinique to install larger, under-hung rudders to replace her smaller lifting cassette design. Other Alibi 54 owners have done the same thing and reported great satisfaction, so her owner invested the additional $40,000 to get this done.

After close consultation with the owner over the years, the realization of the importance in re-powering this Alibi 54 to diesels after repeated problems with her original electric engines was paramount in the value of the vessel. The amount of money spent on Difference to bring her into top form has been enormous, as such that I am quite convinced she is the finest Alibi ever built. It would cost no less than $2 million to replace Difference. Her entire electrical system was upgraded in the U.S. to the highest standards, and indeed anything on the yacht that was not working perfectly the owner simply opened up his wallet to correct. Having sailed on Difference for two extended vacations, I am always impressed with how well she sails and lives. The right buyer for this catamaran is performance oriented and experienced enough to value all of the extensive investments made to her by her most fastidious owner. She will represent an exceptional value for the truly experienced performance catamaran sailor. Her carbon rig and beams alone would cost at least $450,000 to replace!

If you like speed, if you want a stunningly beautiful looking catamaran, Difference represents exceptional value.  Call us to see her. She will survey very well. New North 3DL sails, Kevlar rigging, new LED lighting, new BG, Furuno and Maretron electronics.....need I go on!!!  If you want an Aston Martin catamaran that has been lovingly maintained, Difference has to be the best value high performance catamaran on the market in the world today. 


  • Designer:
  • Keel: Lifting Keel


  • LOA: 54 ft
  • Beam: 30.5 ft
  • LWL: 53.83 ft
  • Maximum Draft:
  • Maximum Displacement:
  • Dry Weight:

Additional Details

  • New rudders - 2020.
  • New mast stays - 2020
  • New shrouds and forestay - December 2019
  • New LED lighting
  • Latest B&G, Furuno and Mareton electronics
  • December 2018:  New Volvo engines + warranty and a brand new 3D tender and outboard, then tender is the Ultimate 3D Tender 320, aluminum hull with a double bottom and integrated locker.  Tender equipped with a 15 Hp Yamaha, 2 stroke
  • Cost of the brand new tender $3,200 USD
  • Cost of the brand new outboard $2,250 USD
  • December 2018:  New saildrive seal rings/plate
  • 4th refit, Fall 2016 ~ Added new North 3Di molded sails and a new 3D 3.3m Exploration Tender with Yamaha 15hp outboard
  • Partial hull re-paint with new anti-skid on roof surface
  • Added Rogue Wave Pro WiFi antenna
  • 5th refit, Fall 2017 ~ Replaced the main genset with a new and much lighter Fischer-Panda, 15000i PMS 15KW 230 vac super quiet variable speed genset.  Added 50% more battery capacity
  • Added additional cockpit seating with built-in storage
  • Upgraded interior lighting with cabin fans
  • Stripped and re-painted mast
  • New wind instruments
  • New exterior step surfaces
  • Partial hull re-paint
  • New furling, reefing lines, halyards and sheets



  • S/Y Difference
  • 2011 Model Alibi 54
  • Hi-performance cruising catamaran
  • Designer – Loic Goepfert
  • Builder – Alibi Ltd. 
  • Launched November 2010, sea-trialed in Thailand, delivered by freighter to Miami December 31, 2010.  Cruising the Bahamas, Caribbean and US East Coast November-August each year since.  Approximate sea miles covered 12,000. 
  • 1st Refit/Customize January-June 2011 (installed all new US standards electrical system, installed new nav station, installed comprehensive digital systems monitoring by Palladium) 
  • 2nd Refit/Customize August 2013 (remove and replace electric drives with twin Volvo D-40 diesel/saildrives +Teleflex electronic controls with 24v & 12v alternators, re-build bridgedeck and fore-beam for new tender stowage, remove and seal ineffective swim platforms.   New radial sewn Dacron laminate main, jib & gennaker.)
  • 3rd Refit/Customize July-Dec 2015 (exterior and interior re-paint, re-furnish and rebuild all interior salon surfaces, new hi-tech vinyl floors throughout, replace entire electronics systems with all new Furuno, B & G, Maretron, strip and re-paint all exterior carbon spars, replace deck hatches, install new daggerboard bearings and electric winches, new 50m anchor chain, new hi capacity watermaker.)
  • Length Water Line:  16.40 m
  • Width:  8,36 m
  • Overall length:  17,40
  • Waterline Hull width:  1,03 m 
  • Displacement
  • Lightship:  10 T
  • Deadweight: 12 T
  • Righting moment (max.):  35 T.m
  • Righting moment (min.):  30 T.m
  • Righting moment @ 1°:  5,7 T.m
  • Retractable daggerboard style rudders with draft reducible to 30 inch (75 cm)
  • Upper and lower low-friction rudder bearings
  • Carbon/aluminum crossbar and tillers
  • Vectran steering cables leading to the crossbar for responsive steering




  • Mast:  21,5 m
  • Clearance:  24 m
  • Draught (max.):  2,6 m
  • Draught (min.):  0,7 m



  • Main sail: 112 m2
  • Jib:  43 m2
  • Code 0:  85 m2
  • Gennaker:    198 m2
  • Surface (upwind): 155 m2
  • Surface (downwind): 310 m2

Sails and Accessories:

  • Main sail: fully battened and square topped with (3 reefs)
  • Solent with reinforced leech and UV protection
  • Code 0 drifter with Roll Gen furling system
  • Asymmetric spinnaker with sock-style furling system
  • Storm Jib in Dacron double-ply
  • Spectra Lazy-jacks and sail cover for main sail


Spars and Standing Rigging:

  • All spar components are pre-preg carbon fibers autoclave baked by Marstrom, Sweden
  • 71 ft (21.5m) rotating carbon mast with swept back spreaders
  • Carbon boom with carbon sheave box
  • Spreader bars for lazy-jacks and sail cover attachments
  • Carbon fiber gooseneck with stainless steel pin
  • Carbon twin compression post and spirit
  • Carbon fiber forward crossbeam
  • Integral carbon fiber martingales
  • Twin carbon fiber aerodynamic martingales’ spreader
  • High modulus Forestay within jib furler
  • Aramid cap shrouds
  • SS diamond shrouds with low profile turnbuckles
  • Spectra lashing turnbuckles


Running Rigging:

High tech, tapered, race-boat style halyards and control lines including:

  • 1 x 2:1 Mainsail halyard
  • 1 x Solent jib halyard
  • 1 x 2:1 Spinnaker halyard
  • 1 x 2:1 Code 0 drifter halyard
  • 1 x Self tacking jib sheets
  • 1 x Jib furling control line
  • 2 x Code 0 drifter / Spinnaker sheets
  • 1 x Code 0 drifter / Spinnaker furling control line
  • 1 x Mainsheet
  • 3 x Reef lines
  • 1 x Cunningham line
  • 1 x Mast rotation line
  • Daggerboards control lines (2 x Up & 2 x Down)
  • 2 x Mainsail traveler control lines





  • 600g/m2  woven unidirectional fiberglass/Carbon/epoxy
  • Constructed over female moulds for perfect outer-skin
  • Hand laid and vacuum-bagged for maximum strength
  • Composite sandwich construction with PVC foam core
  • Carbon fiber reinforcements in highly loaded areas
  • Carbon fiber longitudinal stringers, ring frames and crossbeams
  • All bulkheads and structural bonding are made with biaxial glass cloth
  • Sacrificial foam and glass “false” bow in case of impact
  • Watertight bulkheads to seal off bow and stern compartments
  • UD impact strapping laminated around daggerboard trunks
  • Carbon fiber lifting Daggerboards and Rudders, post-cured in oven
  • Light and stiff ‘honeycomb’ structure for the interior furniture
  • Custom wenge over honeycomb interior floors and cabinetry (later replaced with hi-tech laminates)
  • Metallic exterior paint
  • Ultra light Burmese teak decks
  • Lewmar Flush deck hatches (6)
  • 100% Harken blocks
  • 100% Spinlock clutches and jammers
  • 100% Harken track and ball bearing car
  • 4 aluminum 2 speed Harken B53.2STA self-tailing winches
  • 4 winch handles with holders
  • All control lines led to the aft cockpit including:

  2:1 Traveller control back on both lower winches

  4:1 Mainsheet control: both top winches

  • Quick release cleats on the 4 winches
  • Self tacking jib sheet:  port upper winch
  • Profurl jib furling control: port lower winch
  • Code 0 drifter / Spinnaker sheets: both lower winches
  • Code 0 drifter / Spinnaker furling control: both lower winches
  • Cunningham sheet: port top winch
  • All halyard: both top winches
  • Electric self-tailing winches (x4)
  • Fully electric push button daggerboard lifting system with helm mounted controls
  • Karver mainsheet and Jib Halyard blocks
  • Empty space for miscellaneous stowage, painted white
  • Access by large deck hatch


  • Antifouling paint to waterline
  • Operation manuals for all fitted equipment
  • 1 x Owner’s manual     


  • 2 lockers located forward of the mast
  • Portside locker: for sail storage
  • Starboard locker: storage
  • Twin canting steering stations with engine controls and instruments
  • Twin Ø 36 inches canting steering wheels, leather sewn covers
  • Twin helm seats
  • Large self-draining cockpit, usable as an outdoor salon
  • Hard topped bimini above the entire cockpit
  • Medium table – all carbon fibre
  • C-shaped bench seat with large cockpit lockers
  • Outdoor fridge
  • Sunbrella cockpit cushions
  • 2 x manual bilge pumps to keel sump
  • Best quality teak deck and steps (cockpit and transom) in 6mm x 65mm
  • 5 steps to access water level
  • Retractable swim ladder on port side
  • Hot and cold water deck shower built in on port side
  • Fuel filler and fresh water filler caps
  • Fisher Panda variable speed 15000i PMS 15KW 230 vac generator ~ New 2018
  • Twin Volvo D2-40 hp sail drive combo 
  • Twin E3 stainless feathering props for minimum drag
  • Electronic throttle controls on both steering pods
  • Soundproofed engine compartments
  • Deep cycle batteries (Odyssey)
  • Exhaust fan and sea water filter in engine room
  • Siphon breaks fitted to raw water lines to engines
  • Fuel/water separator and filters
  • 2 x 60 gallon (210 liters) diesel tanks on starboard + 1 Port
  • 70 amp/hr engine start batteries (3)
  • Electrical and batteries charge monitoring system
  • 6 x 220 amp/hr domestic batteries
  • AC/DC distribution panel with circuit breakers
  • 12 v sockets at chart table and in all cabins
  • Victron Energy 3x15kw inverter Type Quattro
  • AC control panel
  • 10 x 220v outlets
  • Victron  Energy inverter/charger for harbor AC connection
  • Dock inlet with 1 socket on transom and 1 plug with 50’ cable
  • All rooms equipped with LED lights
  • LED navigation and anchor lights 


  • Fisher Panda 4kw 24v DC backup Genset
  • LED Underwater Lighting
  • 8 x Mooring cleats
  • 8 x 10 meter nylon mooring line
  • 2 x 20 meter nylon mooring line
  • 6 18”x 40” fenders
  • Bridle on bows and stem head on front beam
  • Lofran’s electric anchor windlass
  • Spade 140 anchor
  • Fortress alloy anchor
  • 50m 3/8” galvanized chain
  • S/S WASI swivel for connecting the anchor and the chain


  • 1 pair stainless steel pulpits with wooden seats, cushions and lights
  • 4 aft guardrail in stainless steel tubes with stern light
  • 1 x set life gates to transoms
  • Double stainless steel lifeline (Kevlar if regulatory)
  •  Twin Spectra lifelines from bow to stern
  • High performance mesh trampoline
  • Deck toe rails and handholds
  • 1 life raft and mount
  • 3D Tech RIB (3.3 meter), inflatable tender, 6 pax
  • 15hp Yamaha Outboard ~ New 2017
  • Lifting and stowage system, foredeck


  • 2 x 60 gallon (210 liters) clear water tanks on port side
  • Fluids can be moved to fore and aft tank as longitudinal ballast
  • Desalator or Ultra whisper compact 20 gallon/hour (75 l/h) watermaker
  • 20 gallon electric water heater
  • Hot and cold pressure water system with accumulator
  • Electrical sump pump for each shower
  • 3 Sanimarin SFA; quiet flush electric toilets
  • Salt water system pump in windlass locker
  • All flush mounted thru-hull fitting below waterline
  • 8 Zone Bilge draining system including: hand pumps, electrical pumps and float switches
  • Pressurized shower in transom (hot and cold)
  • 3X20,000 BTU/H air conditioning system (hot and cold) with digital controls
  • Furuno TZT 14 at both helms
  • Furuno TZ Touch 14 at Nav station
  • B&G Hydra H5000 main processor
  • B&G ACP autopilot processor and series 7000 linear drive
  • 4 B&G ultra bright FFD for visibility at the helm station
  • 2 B&G digital display FFD at the chart table
  • B&G FFD pilot control at the chart table
  • B&G vertical carbon mast head unit
  • B&G speed and depth sensors
  • B & G AIS
  • GPS antenna
  • Radar – Furuno Digital
  • Simrad RD68 VHF


  • Sailor FB 150 Sat phone and data communication system
  • Clarion CMV1 DVD/CD/iPod audio/video with 6 speaker Bose Sound, remote controls at Helms
  • Pepwave Digital Communications Router (WiFi, Satcom, GSM Source and Auto-Distribution)
  • Maretron N2K View monitoring system – fully custom configured and installed monitoring/alarm system for bilges, water/fuel/black tanks, inverter/chargers, battery banks, gensets.  This is a superyacht quality system that can be monitored from anywhere on board and even usable for remote monitoring by iPhone from anywhere in the world.
  • Handheld VHF radio


  • Very large cabins with queen size bed oriented forward on starboard
  • Skipper bathroom and bunks in port peak
  • 2 large double cabins (1m60 and 1m40 width) on port
  • Technical area in both fore peak
  • Technical area equipped to store boards, bikes…on starboard
  • Off white/dark wood interior with carbon esthetic details
  • Handcrafted joinery
  • Escape hatches



  • Hunter Douglas Duette Lite Rise window shades on all side portlights
  • Memory Foam Mattresses
  • All Cotton sheets and towels (extra sets)
  • Sirocco 3 speed ventilation fans with timers, ultra quiet, in all cabins


  • Huge main saloon with panoramic views
  • 2,01m (6’7”) headroom throughout saloon
  • Central dining area with chart table to port and galley to starboard
  • Dining area and table for six people with stowage lockers under the settees
  • Lifting bar table with dark wood veneers above foldable backrest
  • Cushions and backrests
  • Large sliding glass in methacrylate and aluminum frame
  • Air conditioning system (20,000 btu)


Office and Chart Table

  • Wenge wood veneer chart table/Nav Station
  • Directional chart lighting
  • Navigation/communication station with ample room for electronics


  • Stainless steel solid surface work top
  • Stainless steel double sink
  • Design hot and cold sink mixer
  • Twin 6 cubic foot fridge/freezers (stainless steel)
  • 2 cubic foot fridge (top access)
  • 3 burner Miele induction stove
  • Stainless steel Miele oven
  • Storage cupboards
  • Waste bin locker



  • Oven/microwave combo
  • Miele dish washer


Starboard Hull

  • 2.10 m (6’11”) headroom


Owner’s cabin (aft)

  • Large overhead hatch
  • Large fixed and opening portlights to outboard
  • Opening portlights to inboard side
  • Queen size berth: 2m x 1,80 m (6’7” x 5’3”) oriented Forward
  • Large drawers and stowage under bed
  • Wide bookshelves and storage in bunk head
  • Berth spot/reading lights


Midships – Gangway

  • Full height hanging storage
  • Large fixed and opening portlights to outboard side


Owner’s washroom

  • Huge washroom
  • Custom bentwood Wenge wash basin
  • Design hot and cold basin mixer
  • Storage cabinet under basin
  • Storage and shelves behind daggerboard case
  • Large mirror
  • Sanimarin SFA; quiet flush electric toilet in separate enclosed compartment
  • Towel rail and accessories
  • Large separate shower area
  • Shower complete with electric sump pump
  • Design hot and cold shower rail kit
  • Large fixed portlights to outboard side
  • 10lbs (5kg) Miele clothes washing machine  

Fore Peak Storage:

  • Large fixed portlights to outboard side
  • Storage and shelves on both sides
  • Water drain with electric sump pump
  • Attachment points on both sides

Highlights and Comments:

  • A large majority of Alibi’s storage units are made with honeycomb.  They are light and easy to clean.
  • The washing machine is located at eye level in the washroom
  • The Sanimarin SFA toilets are very convenient.  They really look like land models and they are easy. 

Port Hull:

  • 2,10 m (6’11”) headroom 

Guest Cabin (aft):

  • Lewmar overhead hatch
  • Large fixed and opening portlights to starboard side
  • Opening portlights to inboard side
  • Queen berth: 2m x 1,60m (6’7”x5’3”) with 10 cm thick mattress
  • Large drawers and stowage under bed
  • Wide bookshelves in front
  • Design berth spot/reading lights 

Midships – Gangway:

  • Large fixed portlights to outboard 

Guest Washroom:

  • Pass thru washroom
  • Design hot and cold basin mixer
  • Shelving units under basin
  • Storage and shelves behind daggerboard case
  • Large mirror
  • Sanimarin SFA; quiet flush electric toilet
  • Towel rail and accessories
  • Embed shower with electric sump pump
  • Design hot and cold shower rail kit
  • Large fixed and opening portlights to outboard 

Fore Peak:  Skipper Cabin and Washroom: 

  • Large fixed and opening portlights to outboard
  • Opening portlights to inboard side
  • Single bunks: 2m x 0,90m (6’7”x3’2”) with 10 cm thick mattress
  • Large shelves and stowage under bed
  • Berth spot/reading lights/cooling fans
  • Small basin with hot and cold basin mixer
  • Shelving units under basin
  • Small mirror
  • Electric flush toilet
  • Towel rail and accessories
  • Embeded shower with electric sump pump



Difference is fully equipped for Blue Water ocean cruising.  All conceivable safety equipment is on board, all imaginable comfort gear including linens, towels, galley cooking and dining.  










The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

This listing is courtesy of the BoatWizard MLS and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.

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